Sketch of Le Guin by Drew Weing
Hugo and Nebula-winning novel, The Left Hand of Darkness from Ursula K Le Guin is considered the most famous exploration of androgyny and gender fluidity in speculative fiction. After the success of The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s no surprise that television producers are eager for more shows that explore sexuality and gender identity.
Entertainment studio, Critical Content, and Limitless executive producer,Tom Forman, will adapt the book. Nothing is set in concrete yet : no screenwriter has joined the project, and the series doesn’t yet have a network.
It won’t be easy.
This acclaimed tale of an icebound planet is as remarkable for its revolutionary portrait of a world in which gender is not fixed as it is for Le Guin’s chilling descriptions of whirling snow and bitter cold. Isolation and exile are the novel’s great subjects; the solitude of snow, a mental space Le Guin calls “the heart of the blizzard“.
But how will the proposed series surmount the major obstacle: the male pronoun used of the Gethenians?